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Welcome & Orientation

Provides an orientation to the Institute for Coaching Excellence, including the teacher backgrounds, course learning outcomes and how to navigate and get the most out of this course.

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Introduction to the IFCE


Class begins with introductions and a syllabus review followed by launch of the peer coaching buddies. Instructors will review the Business in a Box  and Capstone Projects and begin articulating their coaching goals and professional purpose. Training on how to navigate Zoom and access the course materials will be provided.

Module 1: Foundations of Coaching

Provides an orientation to the International Coaching Federation. Students will also learn about the ICF Code of Ethics & Conduct, the Core Competencies & PCC markers, and receive an introduction to the coaching profession.

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Introduction to the ICF


Deep dive into the International Coaching Federation, including the founding
history and organizational mission,  the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct, Core Competencies, and the PCC markers. Students will familiarize themselves with the IFC website and learn about the cost and benefits of membership.


 

Introduction to the Coaching Profession 
 

Students will become grounded in the definition of coaching, how it differs from mentoring and therapy. Students will also review a history of coaching across human development, analyze the growth of the coaching profession as an industry and explore the future business trends.  


Introduction to Coaching Niches 

 

This is the first of 3 seminars offered throughout the course. Students will have a high level presentation on the history, focus and tools relative to each of the following four coaching niches; 

  1. Faith, Spirituality, & Conscious Coaching

  2. Health, Wellness, & Somatic Coaching

  3. Personal Systems, Systems Thinking, & Living Systems Coaching

  4. Career, Organizational/Team, & Executive/Leadership Coaching

Module 2: Co-Creating the Relationship

Provides an introduction to coaching and peer coaching sessions. Students will learn how to establish and maintain the coaching agreement, build trust and rapport with their coaching clients and cultivate a coaching presence. 

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Embodied Coaching: The Coaching Mindset


Students will dive deeper into the code of ethics and explore how it relates
to the core competencies. Students will also learn when and how to refer a client to a mental health professional and tips for developing a coaching mindset.


 

Establishing the Coaching Agreement
 

Students will learn how to help clients identify coaching goals and competently set agreements in every coaching session. Strategies to invite spaciousness and silence into sessions and ensure clients are empowered to lead their coaching sessions, will also be explored.

 

Maintaining the Coaching Agreement
 

Students will learn how to avoid advice giving or taking on the client’s issues and establish themselves as a trusted partner. Students will view a coaching demonstration, sign up for in class coaching and practice establishing the agreement using role play.

Cultivating Trust & Safety

Introduction into identity, equity, belonging and the impact of limiting beliefs and worldviews on client impact. Students will learn how to hold space for
vulnerability by creating safer, connected spaces during important coaching
moments.


 

Maintaining the Coaching Presence

Students will learn how to bring grounding, focus, flexibility and presence to coaching sessions by exploring and drafting a personal strategy for session planning, preparation, and management. Students will also learn strategies and tools to support their clients through strong emotions.

Module 3: Business Building

Students will begin their deep dive into business building practices and tools. They will learn about the process for establishing a legal business, define a business strategy and begin developing a marketing and relationship-building plan.

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Business Planning


Students will begin establishing their business by exploring their purpose and coaching approach via capability statements. Students will begin their business planning by defining their core service offerings, pricing strategy, and target revenue.  The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies. 

 

Business Building Strategies
 

Students will learn about different business structures and gain tips for registering their business as a licensed entity with the state and federal government. Students will receive tips for securing a domain and best practices for organizing and streamlining business operations and communications. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

 

Financial Management
 

Students will learn how to develop a budget, track expenses, manage financial documents and establish a bank account. An overview of tools and templates for budgeting, invoicing, as well as taking and receiving invoices will be shared. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

Business Development


Students will receive a checklist and support for developing promotional materials such as headshots, biographies, and business cards. Students will build upon the prior week with a deeper dive into identifying your ideal client, building an audience, and opportunities to build multiple income streams. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

 

Business Administration & Growth

Students will learn the basics of revenue forecasting and financial management, including tax planning, taking and receiving payments, and local business resources. Students will also receive templates for business planning and goal setting. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

Module 4: Effective Communication & Self Awareness

Students will obtain a foundational understanding of emotional intelligence, active listening, and positive inquiry. Students will also receive a primer on powerful questioning as well as strategies to help clients attain self awareness and reach their goals.

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Active Listening


Students will learn about the principles of active listening including non-verbal communication and the fundamentals of body language. Students will also learn various coaching tips for noticing and leveraging energy shifts during a session. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

 

Powerful Questions
 

Students will learn approaches to inviting powerful questioning and appreciative inquiry into coaching sessions. Students will also explore a resource on powerful questioning. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

 

Evoking Awareness
 

Students will learn about the importance of emotional intelligence in the client-coach relationship and the theory behind thought patterns and cognitive distortions. Students will also learn strategies for providing direct client feedback. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

Facilitating Client Growth
 

Students will learn about the ICF’s approach to facilitating client growth, including strategies and techniques for goal setting, addressing stagnation and fear of failure, and helping clients leverage their strengths and resources. Students will also learn techniques for helping clients uncover and act upon their insights. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the core competencies.

Module 5: Coaching Excellence

Students will learn how to apply their IFCE training in the context of life, leadership, & executive coaching.  Students will set post-graduation goals, complete the IFCE’s Cumulative Knowledge Assessment (CKA), and present their final Capstone Presentations. The program will end with a virtual graduation, where the Award for Coaching Excellence and Capstone winner will be announced.

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Excellence in Life, Leadership, & Executive Coaching


Students will learn best practices for applying their coaching knowledge to achieve excellence in life leadership, and executive coaching. Students will learn to apply skills and techniques in class to various coaching contexts and will also explore revenue generating opportunities specific to these three niches. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class mentor coaching and review of the Core competencies.

 

Test Your Learning
 

Students will finish the IFCE’s Cumulative Knowledge Assessment. A review of the capstone presentation and assessment process will also be conducted and students will sign up for their slots. The 2nd portion of class will be dedicated to in-class coaching with IFCE guests.

 

Capstone Project Presentations
 

Students will present their final capstone projects and score each other’s presentations. Afterwards, students will receive some brief graduation announcements and final course reminders, including a request to complete a survey of their experience. If there is time, students will share a peer coach recording for an in class coaching observation.

Graduation Ceremony
 

Students will participate in a personal action planning exercise and review strategies for personal resourcing after graduation. The course will conclude with a commencement ceremony with family, friends, and announcement of the Capstone Fellowship and Coaching Excellence Award winner.

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